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Influenza polymerase

Wenfei Zhu, Hong Zhang, Xingyu Xiang, Lili Zhong, Lei Yang, Junfeng Guo, Yiran Xie, Fangcai Li, Zhihong Deng, Hong Feng, Yiwei Huang, Shixiong Hu, Xin Xu, Xiaohui Zou, Xiaodan Li, Tian Bai, Yongkun Chen, Zi Li, Junhua Li, Yuelong Shu
In 2015, a novel influenza A(H1N1) virus was isolated from a boy in China who had severe pneumonia. The virus was a genetic reassortant of Eurasian avian-like influenza A(H1N1) (EA-H1N1) virus. The hemagglutinin, neuraminidase, and matrix genes of the reassortant virus were highly similar to genes in EA-H1N1 swine influenza viruses, the polybasic 1 and 2, polymerase acidic, and nucleoprotein genes originated from influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 virus, and the nonstructural protein gene derived from classical swine influenza A(H1N1) (CS H1N1) virus...
November 2016: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Fred Wabwire-Mangen, Derrick E Mimbe, Bernard Erima, Edison A Mworozi, Monica Millard, Hannah Kibuuka, Luswa Lukwago, Josephine Bwogi, Jocelyn Kiconco, Titus Tugume, Sophia Mulei, Christine Ikomera, Sharon Tsui, Stephen Malinzi, Simon Kasasa, Rodney Coldren, Denis K Byarugaba
INTRODUCTION: Influenza surveillance was conducted in Uganda from October 2008 to December 2014 to identify and understand the epidemiology of circulating influenza strains in out-patient clinic attendees with influenza-like illness and inform control strategies. METHODOLOGY: Surveillance was conducted at five hospital-based sentinel sites. Nasopharyngeal and/or oropharyngeal samples, epidemiological and clinical data were collected from enrolled patients. Real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) was performed to identify and subtype influenza strains...
2016: PloS One
Constantina Boikos, Lawrence Joseph, Christine Martineau, Jesse Papenburg, David Scheifele, Larry C Lands, Gaston De Serres, Mark Chilvers, Caroline Quach
Background.  We aimed to explore the detection profile of influenza viruses following live-attenuated intranasal influenza vaccination (LAIV) in children aged 2-19 years with and without cystic fibrosis (CF). Methods.  Before the 2013-2014 influenza season, flocked nasal swabs were obtained before vaccination and 4 times in the week of follow-up from 76 participants (nCF: 57; nhealthy: 19). Influenza was detected by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assays. A Bayesian hierarchical logistic regression model was used to estimate the effect of CF status and age on influenza detection...
October 2016: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
Husni Elbahesh, Silke Bergmann, Charles J Russell
Influenza A viruses (IAVs) cause numerous pandemics and yearly epidemics resulting in ~500,000 annual deaths globally. IAV modulates cellular signaling pathways at every step of the infection cycle. Focal adhesion kinase (FAK) has been shown to play a critical role in endosomal trafficking of influenza A viruses, yet it is unclear how FAK kinase activity regulates IAV replication. Using mini-genomes derived from H1N1, H5N1 and H7N9 viruses, we dissected RNA replication by IAVs independent of viral entry or release...
October 13, 2016: Virology
Mansour Amin, Mozhgan Ghaderpanah, Tahereh Navidifar
Meningitis is a life-threatening infection associated with a high mortality and morbidity worldwide. Neisseria meningitidis, Haemophilus influenzae, and Streptococcus pneumoniae are the most prevalent infectious agents that cause bacterial meningitis (BM). The objective of this study was to determine the frequencies of these three bacteria using bacterial cultures and polymerase chain reaction (PCR). In our cross-sectional study, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) specimens were obtained from 196 patients who were suspected of having BM and referred to the pediatric ward of Abuzar Hospital (Ahvaz, Iran)...
October 2016: Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences
Simona Panella, Maria Elena Marcocci, Ignacio Celestino, Sergio Valente, Clemens Zwergel, Domenica Donatella Li Puma, Lucia Nencioni, Antonello Mai, Anna Teresa Palamara, Giovanna Simonetti
AIM: Histone deacetylases (HDACs) regulate the life-cycle of several viruses. We investigated the ability of different HDAC-inhibitors, to interfere with influenza virus A/Puerto Rico/8/34/H1N1 (PR8 virus) replication in Madin-Darby canine kidney and NCI cells. RESULTS: 3-(5-(3-Fluorophenyl)-3-oxoprop-1-en-1-yl)-1-methyl-1H-pyrrol-2-yl)-N-hydroxyacrylamide (MC1568) inhibited HDAC6/8 activity and PR8 virus replication, with decreased expression of viral proteins and their mRNAs...
October 14, 2016: Future Medicinal Chemistry
Shaun K Morris, Lisa G Pell, Mohammed Ziaur Rahman, Michelle C Dimitris, Abdullah Mahmud, M Munirul Islam, Tahmeed Ahmed, Eleanor Pullenayegum, Tahmid Kashem, Shaila S Shanta, Jonathan Gubbay, Eszter Papp, Michelle Science, Stanley Zlotkin, Daniel E Roth
BACKGROUND: Early infancy is a high-risk period for severe acute respiratory infection (ARI), particularly in low-income countries with resource-limited health systems. Lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI) is commonly preceded by upper respiratory infection (URTI), and often caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza and other common community-acquired viral pathogens. Vitamin D status is a candidate modifiable early-life determinant of the host antiviral immune response and thus may influence the risk of ARI-associated morbidity in high-risk populations...
October 13, 2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Mimi C Yue, Joel T Collins, Elango Subramoniapillai, Glen A Kennedy
AIM: To describe a nosocomial outbreak of H1N1 influenza A in an inpatient hematology and allogeneic stem cell transplant unit and outcomes of universal oseltamivir prophylaxis. METHODS: Medical records of all patients admitted to the unit were reviewed to define the nosocomial outbreak, commencing 1 week prior to the index case until 4 weeks following institution of oseltamivir prophylaxis. Timelines for clinical symptoms, viral spread, management, patient outcomes and follow up testing were constructed...
October 12, 2016: Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology
Yin-Ting Yeh, Yi Tang, Aswathy Sebastian, Archi Dasgupta, Nestor Perea-Lopez, Istvan Albert, Huaguang Lu, Mauricio Terrones, Si-Yang Zheng
Viral infectious diseases can erupt unpredictably, spread rapidly, and ravage mass populations. Although established methods, such as polymerase chain reaction, virus isolation, and next-generation sequencing have been used to detect viruses, field samples with low virus count pose major challenges in virus surveillance and discovery. We report a unique carbon nanotube size-tunable enrichment microdevice (CNT-STEM) that efficiently enriches and concentrates viruses collected from field samples. The channel sidewall in the microdevice was made by growing arrays of vertically aligned nitrogen-doped multiwalled CNTs, where the intertubular distance between CNTs could be engineered in the range of 17 to 325 nm to accurately match the size of different viruses...
October 2016: Science Advances
Hyun Jung Kwak, Dong Won Park, Jee Eun Kim, Min Kyung Park, Gun Woo Koo, Tai Sun Park, Ji-Yong Moon, Tae Hyung Kim, Jang Won Sohn, Ho Joo Yoon, Dong Ho Shin, Sang-Heon Kim
Exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) lead to high morbidity and mortality. Respiratory virus infection is considered as one of the important causes of COPD exacerbations. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of respiratory virus infection in COPD exacerbations and to find the factors associated with susceptibility to viral infections. Furthermore, we tried to examine if COPD exacerbations caused by viral infections have more severe clinical outcomes in comparison with those with non-viral causes...
2016: Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
Prachi Sharma, David E Stallknecht, Elizabeth W Howerth
Epizootic haemorrhagic disease virus (EHDV) replicates in endothelium and it has been shown that EHDV serotype 2 (Ibaraki) is able to cause cell death by apoptosis in cow pulmonary artery endothelial cells. However, the underlying mechanism has not been established. For some viruses, such as influenza, a p53 dependent mechanism has been demonstrated in viral induced apoptosis. In this study, we investigate the involvement of p53 in the induction of apoptosis in a US isolate of EHDV serotype 2 in cow endothelium...
September 30, 2016: Veterinaria Italiana
Chengliang Zhu, Guiqing Peng, Wei Yi, Hui Song, Fang Liu, Xinghui Liu
Influenza A virus (IAV) infection induces a strong immune response and regulates the expression of many host proteins. The collagen triple helix repeat containing 1 (CTHRC1) protein is a secreted protein that exhibits increased expression during the viral infection process. However, the regulatory function of IAV on CTHRC1 expression is obscure. In this study, we investigated the effect of IAV on CTHRC1 expression and its regulatory mechanism. A total of 106 serum specimens from healthy people and 80 serum specimens from patients infected with IAV were collected...
October 8, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
F Elfalki, H Ihazmad, A Bimouhen, Z Regragui, S Benkaroum, Y Bakri, A Barakat
We monitored phenotypic and genotypic susceptibility of influenza viruses circulating in Morocco during 2014-2015 to oseltamivir and zanamivir. Throat and nasal swab specimens were collected from outpatients (with influenza-like illness) and inpatients (with severe acute respiratory illness) and tested for influenza viruses using real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. Positive samples were inoculated in MDCK cells and virus phenotypic susceptibility to neuraminidase inhibitors (NAIs) was assessed using fluorescent NA inhibition...
October 2, 2016: Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, la Revue de Santé de la Méditerranée Orientale
Tatyana V Spichak, Svetlana B Yatsyshina, Lubov К Кatosova, Svetlana S Кim, Matti O Korppi
: The role that rhinoviruses, enteroviruses, parainfluenza viruses, coronaviruses and human bocavirus play in pediatric pneumonia is insufficiently studied. We used polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to study 9 virus groups, including 16 different viruses or viral strains, in 56 ambulatory children with radiologically confirmed community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). The same tests were carried out on 474 apparently healthy control children of the same age and sex. The mean age of children with CAP was 6...
October 6, 2016: European Journal of Pediatrics
Ignacio Martin-Loeches, Marcus J Schultz, Jean-Louis Vincent, Francisco Alvarez-Lerma, Lieuwe D Bos, Jordi Solé-Violán, Antoni Torres, Alejandro Rodriguez
BACKGROUND: Co-infection is frequently seen in critically ill patients with influenza, although the exact rate is unknown. We determined the rate of co-infection, the risk factors and the outcomes associated with co-infection in critically ill patients with influenza over a 7-year period in 148 Spanish intensive care units (ICUs). METHODS: This was a prospective, observational, multicentre study. Influenza was diagnosed using the polymerase chain reaction. Co-infection had to be confirmed using standard bacteriological tests...
October 5, 2016: Intensive Care Medicine
Richard K Zimmerman, Mary Patricia Nowalk, Jessie Chung, Michael L Jackson, Lisa A Jackson, Joshua G Petrie, Arnold S Monto, Huong Q McLean, Edward A Belongia, Manjusha Gaglani, Kempapura Murthy, Alicia M Fry, Brendan Flannery
BACKGROUND:  The circulating A/H3N2 influenza viruses drifted significantly after the selection of strains for the 2014-2015 influenza vaccines. Also in 2014-2015, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended preferential use of live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) over inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) among children 2-8 years old. METHODS:  Vaccine effectiveness (VE) across age groups and vaccine types was examined among individuals seeking outpatient treatment for acute respiratory illness from 5 U...
October 4, 2016: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Nicole C Robb, Aartjan J W Te Velthuis, Ralph Wieneke, Robert Tampé, Thorben Cordes, Ervin Fodor, Achillefs N Kapanidis
Influenza viruses have a segmented viral RNA (vRNA) genome, which is replicated by the viral RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RNAP). Replication initiates on the vRNA 3' terminus, producing a complementary RNA (cRNA) intermediate, which serves as a template for the synthesis of new vRNA. RNAP structures show the 3' terminus of the vRNA template in a pre-initiation state, bound on the surface of the RNAP rather than in the active site; no information is available on 3' cRNA binding. Here, we have used single-molecule Förster resonance energy transfer (smFRET) to probe the viral RNA conformations that occur during RNAP binding and initial replication...
September 30, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
D K Ajithdoss, M K Torchetti, L Badcoe, D S Bradway, T V Baszler
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is a major viral disease of poultry characterized by acute onset, systemic infection, and rapid death. In January 2015, H5N2 HPAI was identified by quantitative reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) and gene sequencing as the cause of rapid death in 40 of 390 ring-necked pheasants (approximately 10% mortality), raised in a game bird farm in Washington State. We report clinicopathologic findings and viral antigen distribution in pheasants that died during the outbreak...
September 30, 2016: Veterinary Pathology
Yuko Uchida, Katsushi Kanehira, Nobuhiro Takemae, Hirokazu Hikono, Takehiko Saito
H7N9 human influenza virus A/Anhui/1/2013 (Anhui2013) showed low pathogenicity in chickens, quail, and pigeons, with quail being the most susceptible among the species tested. IVPIE1-1, which was recovered from a dead chicken after intravenous inoculation of Anhui 2013, had broader tissue tropism in chickens than did the original inoculum, as well as amino acid substitutions in the polymerase acidic gene and neuraminidase gene segments, but its pathogenicity was not enhanced. Viruses obtained after passage of Anhui 2013 in 10- and 14-day-old embryonated eggs showed rapid accumulation of amino acid substitutions at the receptor-binding site of the hemagglutinin protein...
September 29, 2016: Archives of Virology
Congrong Wang, Horace Hok Yeung Lee, Zi Feng Yang, Chris Ka Pun Mok, Zhi Zhang
BACKGROUND: Influenza A subtype H9N2 is widespread and prevalent in poultry. It has repeatedly transmitted zoonotically to cause mild influenza-like illness in humans and is regarded as a potential pandemic candidate. In additon, the six internal genes of H7N9 and H10N8 viruses which caused infection in human in China as well as some of the highly pathogenic H5N1 strains are origined from H9N2. Previous studies have shown that the mammalian adaptation PB2-Q591K contributes to the pathogenicity of H5N1 and H7N9 viruses...
2016: PloS One
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